Updated 3:24 pm, February 8, 2012
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By Richard Downes, Washington Correspondent, Â in Iowa
So after a pedestrian campaign that hadn’t caught alight, finally the American Presidential marathon is underway with a bit of pizzazz and a razor thin win for Mitt Romney.
He hadn’t done much campaigning here in Iowa. The conventional wisdom was that this is such a conservative state that he didn’t stand much of a chance.
Surely one of the tough right-wingers would come along and capture the hearts of the caucus goers? Rick Santorum did but he didn’t win.
Romney now travels to what is virtually his home state with a spring in his step and that crucial commodity, so beloved of American politics: momentum.
And what of the others?
The one-time darling of the conservatives, Rick Perry, has gone back to Texas to lick his wounds and reassess his campaign.
He’s a goner and Michelle Bachman is giving up the ghost too.
The field has narrowed dramatically and the New Hampshire primary will provide further evidence of who can make the grade.